TV Bites: Get Enlightened with Mike White and Lauren Dern
· The Home Box Office has upped Enlightened, the comedy pilot from Year of the Dog collaborators Mike White and Laura Dern, to a full-season order. The single-cam series will star Dern as a "self-destructive woman who has a revelatory experience at a treatment center and becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating unexpected havoc at home and work." The pilot, which was penned by White and based on a story by him and Dern, also features Luke Wilson, Diane Ladd (Dern's mother) and Sarah Burns. White issued a formal statement early this morning about the news: "I'm stoked to finally party with HBO... I feel lucky to have been given this opportunity to make something original, heartfelt and weird." [THR]
Showtime gambles on its own Shamelessness, DirecTV considers saving Damages, and more TV Bites after the jump.
· In other premium cable projects about self-destructive individuals, Showtime has ordered a dozen episodes of Shameless, a drama starring William H. Macy as the alcoholic patriarch of a large, unconventional, blue-collar family in Chicago. [Variety]
· In anticipation of FX not renewing Damages for a fourth season, Sony has entered talks with DirecTV about taking over the legal drama. [EW]
· Nike has aired the first new Tiger Woods commercial since the golf star's sex scandal. [Reuters]
· Tell your grandparents -- CBS has renewed Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune for their (approximately) 10,272nd and 10, 273th seasons. [Variety]
· Former Dynasty star Christopher Cazenove has passed away at the age of 64 from septicemia. [Reuters]